Monday, September 14, 2009

Darwin Film Too Controversial and/or Boring for U.S.

Everybody seems up in arms about the fact that the new Charles Darwin biopic Creation has failed to secure U.S. distribution because religious people in America refuse to accept the fact that their tailbones don't make any sense. This would be rightly infuriating if not for the fact that this "fact" isn't really a fact at all. Fact! In fact, it's just the assertion of the film's producer, who issued a statement to the press from the Toronto Film Festival expressing bewilderment that his movie can't be sold in America despite many people saying it's the best film they've seen all year. First of all, never trust what a producer says about his own film. The people responsible for all of Michael Bay's movies would be perfectly willing to tell you they aren't worse than 9/11, but we all know this isn't true. Transformers 2 was at least as bad as 9/11, and those who paid to see it are responsible for the deaths of anyone in the world who happened to die while they were in the theater. You could have done something! Also, Creation was as much as pre-sold in Europe before it was even made, since it's a co-production of BBC Films and the UK Film Council. And as Devin Faraci from CHUD.com points out, very few people (if anyone at all) has said Creation is the best film of the year. Reviews out of Toronto are toxic at best, with many critics agreeing the film is dull and borderline unwatchable. Keep in mind that Creation comes from the director of The Core and the writer of Star Cops. There's no reason to think this movie is any good. So, please, cool your jets and hope that religious ignorance is only being used as a scapegoat to explain why you'll be spared a boring and painful trip to the multiplex. More details here.

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